Reuse garden wins supreme award
A garden inspired by clever reuse has won the Judges' Supreme Award at this year's Ellerslie International Flower Show.
Convenor of Judges Andrew Fisher Tomlin said the garden Revolutionising Reuse designed by Christchurch's Rebecca Hammond and Grant Stephens (H & S Design) stood out amongst the other exhibits.
The pair also took out the Supreme Design award for the show Ellerslie Flower Show opens to the public at 10am today.
The other gold-winning gardens were Weta Workshop's Johnny Fraser-Allan with Andy Ellis and Danny Kamo; UK designers Harfleet, Fisher Tomlin and Harfleet; the Auckland City Council; CPIT bachelor of architectural studies students; Christchurch's Terra Viva; Wellington landscape design student Bayley LuuTomes and Wellington designer Ben Hoyle.
Tomlin said there was no distinct theme this year, "each designer has followed their own heart".
"We have a vastly diverse range, from gardens like Revolutionising Reuse with amazing recycled elements, to sophisticated and slick gardens like Modern Day Moa.
"I am very impressed by the big ideas and simple messages this year's designers are showing at Ellerslie. They demonstrate a deep understanding of core design values, as well as high quality material finish and horticultural excellence."
"I am a firm believer in new designers leading the way and with so many innovative new takes on gardens at Ellerslie this year I can see people saying, 'I never expected that, but I could do it at home'."
Singled out for silver distinction medals were Auckland designers Adam Shuter and Tony Murrell, Christchurch designers Jay Van Lent and Stephen Mapletoft and the Otorohanga Council for its colourful floral Buzzy Bee.
Otorohanga has successfully branded itself as New Zealand's official Kiwiana Town and choose the classic children's toy as the theme for its award-winning garden.
Silver medals went to Kapiti Coast children from Raumati South Primary School and Christchurch landscaper Scott Fletcher, Lincoln University's Ryan Morton, the Asburton District Council and a second team of CPIT bachelor of architectural studies students.
In the Hort Galore category, gold medals were awarded to Christchurch Woodturners' Association for their Alice's Adventures in Woodland: After the tea party, the NZ Alpine Society and the Christchurch Bonsai Society.
The Floral Art category gold went to Annika Horgan, from Nectar in Tai Tapu.
The Auckland City Council took top honours in the Zealandia National Flower Bed competition for its Auckland, the City of Sails themed garden which included a sailing dinghy cutting through the sparkling water of the Waitemata Harbour.
The Ashburton District Council received a silver medal for its themed garden which picks up on the district's role as a leading centre for harness racing and is called Harness Jewels, complete with a horse and sulky.
● Revolutionising Reuse - Grant Stephens & Rebecca Hammond, H & S Design, Christchurch
● A French Kiss in Akaroa - Ben Hoyle, Blue Gecko, Wellington
● Sometimes you need to see what's behind you - Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Tom & Paul Harfleet, UK
● Revolutionising Reuse - Grant Stephens & Rebecca Stewart, H & S Design, Christchurch
Casa Viva - Terra Viva, Christchurch
Emerging designs - Student designer of the year
● Living Art - Bayley LuuTomes, BLT Design, Wellington
● Framed - CPIT students
Zealandia National Flower Beds:
GOLD - The City of Sales, Auckland City Council
Floral Art Individual:
● Flowers Always Inspire, Megan Parker
Floral Art 3 X 3s:
● Rainbow Tornado - Annika Horgan, Nectar Florist
Young Apprentice Florists of the year 2013:
● Hollie Sarten, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland
● Alice in Wonderland - Christchurch Woodturners Association
● Plant portraits - New Zealand Alpine Garden Society
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